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The hippies go marching one by one... Man, our town is filling up with hippies and bums, or BOGANS, as baldowl would say. They're everywhere! What does it mean? Ah, it means the Health and Harmony Festival is in town. We live by the fairgrounds where it's held and they are camped in every little nook and crevice they can find. It reminds me of The Grapes of Wrath. The funny thing is, even though they all look like dirty, filthy, homeless beggars, a lot of them have good jobs and get paid well and live in nice houses. They just enjoy being filthy sometimes I guess. I know this because last year Shan and I talked to a few guys who had biked up from San Francisco to attend the festival and I thought they were street bums until one guy was like, "Oh yeah, Jim, when we get back I need you to look at the Mason account. I think we're undercharging them for the landscaping..." or something like that. Fucking fakers.

On Sunday we're going to see Wizard of Oz at the Mountain Play. The Mountain Play is a yearly event where they do a musical play in this awesome amphitheater on top of Mt Tamalpais. Here's a picture of what it's like:

They do really awesome sets and the acting and singing is always great and funny. It's usually hot as hell, but you bring lots of drinks and they have these huge water cannon/fan things at the top that they shoot off during the intermission so it mists the whole middle section. Here's a better picture of the actual amphitheater.


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Jun. 6th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
Man, are you sure you're going to see "The Wizard of Oz?" I was in an amphitheater like that once, and all they showed was Christ getting nailed up on a 4x4.
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
The Mountain Play people have a cool business card, with an awesome photo of the amphitheatre. I used to deal with those folks a lot when I worked at Actors' Equity
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yay! When should we try to get there?

How fancy are you guys gonna be with lunch? I was thinking some form of sandwiches, chips/hummus, fruit?
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
Shan has Big Ideas of getting there super early to get The Best Seat Ever, but she never gets up before 11 on weekends. I'm going to try to get her up early and get to the amphitheater by 10 or so.

We were planning on bringing sandwiches, snacks, a couple bottles of wine, some water and Shan wanted to get some pastries or something like that, nothing fancy.


Edited at 2008-06-06 05:24 pm (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Heh. OK. How close can we park to where the amphitheater is? This will determine if I bring a mini ice chest or not. :)

Also, Shan mentioned pillows for sitting? Anything else we should pack (other than sunscreen)?
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
Most times I've gone, I've been able to park within about 100 yards of the amphitheater. It's a little hilly(duh) but it's a pretty smooth walk on the street and a trail to the show.

I would bring a hat, dress lightly, but with a layer for the morning, a book or something and something to sit on. I wouldn't worry about a cooler unless you have a lot of stuff, I'll be bringing our rolling cooler and you can put stuff in there. If you're really heat sensitive you might want to bring one of those water/fan thingies, it can get quite hot sometimes and there's really not much room in the shade(the people that get those seats get there at like 7 in the morning).

How early are you available to leave? Maybe we can meet in Mill Valley or something for breakfast and drive up together. I might be able to kick Shan out of bed even earlier for something like that.
Jun. 6th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
I think we can leave any time after 8:00. I'm always up at 6:00 anyway and Paul is the most easygoing person on the planet about stuff like this.

I'm not planning to bring a lot of stuff, but I was thinking fresh ice for drinks would be good. If you're bringing your cooler I'm sure that will be more than enough room.
Jun. 6th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Ok, well then I'll call you in the morning when we're about to leave and see if we still want to do breakfast. There are driving directions here, if not. Oh yeah, you should bring a blanket or something to sit on too.

Hey, check this out: I found it on Google Maps. :)

This place looks like it's close to where we'll be driving and everyone says they're fast. Might be a good place to catch breakfast beforehand.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
OK. You have my cell number, right? It's the 388 number.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Jun. 6th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I saw Fiddler on the Roof there one year. It's a cool theater.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, and it's just the "Harmony Festival" now. I guess they don't care about health.
Jun. 6th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Man. That is awesome. Even with bad seats you get an awesome view of the background, so who cares?
Is the stage itself a permanent structure? Or is that something just set up for when they have the play? Can you walk around the amphitheater when nothing is going on? It just looks like a neat place to walk around!

Jun. 6th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
No, they build a completely different stage or set each year. Usually it's more of a set with no stage, actually. Yeah, you can walk all around the place and there are hiking trails and stuff. It's actually in Mt Tamalpais State Park.
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